Casino fund pot worth £100k awarded to Newham charities and community groups

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 November 2017

Hannah Wood, youth co-ordinator, and Cleo Gammon, manager, from Ursuline Links celebrate their £1,000 grant

Hannah Wood, youth co-ordinator, and Cleo Gammon, manager, from Ursuline Links celebrate their £1,000 grant

Andrew Baker

Nineteen Newham groups have celebrated securing funding for inclusive sports training, music making and counselling projects.

A workshop conducted by Theatre Royal Stratford East.A workshop conducted by Theatre Royal Stratford East.

The grants were awarded by Aspers Good Causes, set up in 2012 by Aspers Casino and Newham Council, to help vulnerable or isolated residents build their confidence and skills through outreach activities.

Arts, dance, music, sport and charity organisations - which bid for a sice of a £100,000 pot - accepted cheques of between £1,000 and £7,126 for their work on Wednesday.

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said: “The Aspers Good Causes fund makes a big difference to the lives of our residents, funding projects designed to boost their confidence and skills.

“Many of these schemes help to address inequalities in society and would not be possible without this funding - the experience our residents gain is invaluable.”

Among the receipients was Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) which secured £4,046 to put on 11 youth theatre workshops for 80 young people in the borough.

Chris Alexander, TRSE development officer, said: “The impact the sessions had on the young people were phenomenal.

“Many of the youngsters left the course with a completely different attitude towards the arts and their school work.”

Non-for-profit Newham Music Hub received £3,980 to produce an original short opera with 50 students, families and staff from three schools.

Meanwhile, Canning Town housing charity Caritas Anchor House secured £4,918 to provide community outreach activities for vulnerable and isolated residents in and around St Mark’s Community Centre, Beckton.

Other worthy projects include a weekend multi-sports club run by children’s charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve and performing arts sessions for women with learning disabilities.

Meaghan, 17, took part in the Ursuline Links’ London Social Justice Project over the summer, which received £1,000 for young adult volunteering at homeless shelters, food banks and elderly day care centres.

She said: “It was a very fulfilling experience. I met some amazing people, including the other volunteers on the project, the people we were helping and the kind-hearted people who serve tirelessly everyday.

“The leaders were so lovely, helpful and welcoming.”

A full list of all the schemes supported through the fund since it started can be found by clicking here

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